Online arts calendar

  • ”WE WONT MOVE” by Emma Hollows — Submitted photo

  •  Cover “Dear Sweet Pea” by Julie Murphy — Submitted photo

  •  Molly Cantor Pottery — Submitted photo

  • Eastern bluebird —  Mass Audubon Kristin Foresto

Staff Report
Published: 5/7/2020 8:01:04 AM

The COVID-19 crisis and need to self-isolate have canceled most planned events in the area, but alternatives are being arranged for online viewing, and in some cases, participation. Our online calendar has listings from organizations across the country hosting virtual events, but we’ve chosen to highlight some from local venues and groups.

Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts announces a digital exhibition entitled Kofifi/Covfefe by MFA Costume Design Candidate Emma Hollows. The displays of new work will be shown May 4 to 31, 2020 at fineartscenter.com/Hollows.

Kofifi/Covfefe marks the culmination of Hollows’ MFA Costume Design thesis which  envisions a production of the South African musical “Sophiatown,” to be staged in Massachusetts. Through her design process she identified the many similarities between the struggles of people of color in the US to those in South Africa. The focus behind the costume designs for this exhibition is to balance the political, historical and social context of the play with the context of the audience to create believable and relatable characters on stage.

The David Ruggles Center, 225 Nonotuck St., Florence, offers safe outdoor activities free of charge during this time of social distancing. Your family can explore local history walking in the beautiful village of Florence using a smartphone. Visit davidrugglescenter.org, to download your choice of video-assisted walking tours. Dive deeper into people and places you encounter along the way by going to our new interactive curriculum. Tours include African-American Heritage Trail and Women of Florence History Trail. This is a ready-made homeschooling opportunity for middle and high school social studies. Write to the center with your questions and please consider making a donation to support their work.

Mass Audubon’s Bird-a-thon, which typically sends teams of birders rambling throughout the Commonwealth in a friendly competition to identify the most species in 24-hour period, is staying at home this year, to respect social distancing. Bird-at-home-a-thon is taking place Friday-Saturday, May 15-16.

Mass Audubon’s biggest single fundraising event is again expected to attract hundreds of competitors of all abilities, but will be carbon-free, safety-focused, and family-oriented. Participants will select bird observation spots — a window, backyard, or a green space within short walking or biking distance from their homes.

The Arcadia/Connecticut River Valley Wildlife Sanctuaries Team welcomes birders of all experience levels (including beginners) to join its official birding team. From 6 p.m. on Friday, May 15, through 6 p.m. on May 16, they’ll spend time observing and identifying species from their birding positions, solo or with other household members.

Competitors join teams representing different Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries and programs. Their pledges can be directed to specific wildlife sanctuaries and programs or to the overall organization, the state’s largest nature conservation nonprofit.

Participants can also earn points for their team by completing other fun, nature-based activities or as “Bird-a-thon Boosters,” who raise money while birding for fun (or not birding at all).

The popular bird identification marathon is scheduled to take place during the height of spring migration, when millions of birds are returning to Massachusetts to breed and raise young, or stopping to rest and feed in the Bay State before continuing north. During this opportune period, birders can observe species they typically do not see during the rest of the year.

Last year’s event raised $240,000 and recorded 273 species, with Connecticut River Valley sanctuaries garnering $8,492 for its work through the event.

To participate, donate, and to learn more about Bird-a-thon, please visit www.massaudubon.org/birdathon.


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